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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episodes

24 Episodes 2011 - 2012

In the eighth season of this medical drama, Cristina (Sandra Oh) deals with another unplanned pregnancy, and she and Owen (Kevin McKidd) are at odds about how to handle it. Meanwhile, Alex (Justin Chambers) is treated like a traitor for revealing what Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) did wrong during the Alzheimer's trials, and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) has difficulty forgiving Meredith for her dishonesty at work. Likewise, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) also struggles to forgive Meredith. Things fare better at work for April (Sarah Drew), who becomes the new chief resident at Seattle Grace-Mercy West and grows closer to Jackson (Jesse Williams).

Episode 1

Free Falling

Thu, Sep 22, 2011 60 mins

As the fifth-year residents return to the hospital, Meredith faces the consequences of tampering with Derek's clinical trial; Cristina and Owen are at odds over her pregnancy; and a sinkhole in downtown Seattle leaves April in charge of the residents.

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Episode 2

She's Gone

Thu, Sep 22, 2011 60 mins

Baby Zola's adoption counselor is worried about Derek and Meredith's rocky relationship (and Meredith's troubles spill over onto Alex); Cristina makes a decision about her pregnancy; and the chief brings in Henry (Scott Foley) for an urgent surgery, alarming Teddy.

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Episode 3

Take the Lead

Thu, Sep 29, 2011 60 mins

The chief makes a career-changing decision; Cristina and Owen try to put their relationship on an even keel; and April continues to struggle in her new role. Meanwhile, the fifth-year residents finally get a shot at their first solo surgeries. It won't be as easy as they had imagined.

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Episode 4

What Is It About Men

Thu, Oct 6, 2011 60 mins

A stampede at a comic-book convention leads to an array of colorful characters in the ER. Also turning up in the ER: Ben (Jason George) —who discovers that Bailey has something going with Eli (Daniel Sunjata). Meanwhile, Callie and Arizona leave baby Sofia with Mark when they go out of town. He treats her better at home than he treats Jackson at work. And the male doctors find they have something in common: their frustrations with women.

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Episode 5

Loss, Love and Legacy

Thu, Oct 13, 2011 60 mins

Jackson's mother (Debbie Allen), a renowned surgeon, arrives to perform a groundbreaking transplant; Alex and Arizona are hamstrung by confidentiality issues when a familiar patient turns up in the ER; a love-struck Teddy hosts a dinner party; and Bailey makes a decision about her romantic life.

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Episode 6

Poker Face

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 60 mins

Meredith is on the outs at the hospital, so she must enlist Lexie to get Derek interested in a brain-tumor case. Meredith also gives April advice in secret about Bailey's clinical trial. Meanwhile, Arizona and Mark have finally become friends, but that proves more annoying than helpful to Callie; Alex and Teddy research different surgeries for the same patient; and Callie and Cristina struggle with a tough spinal surgery. Guests stars include Lee Majors and Marilu Henner.

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Episode 7

Put Me In, Coach

Thu, Oct 27, 2011 60 mins

Owen tries to teach the doctors a lesson in teamwork when he signs them up for a baseball league; Lexie can't hide her jealousy when she sees Mark with another woman; Alex fights to keep baby Zola from being transferred to another hospital because of a conflict of interest involving Derek and Meredith; and Richard scolds Meredith and Bailey in an effort to get them to end their feud.

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Episode 8

Heart-Shaped Box

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 60 mins

George's mother (Debra Monk) returns to Seattle Grace after undergoing a botched surgery at another hospital, and the doctors wax nostalgic about George. Meanwhile, a harvested heart continues to beat outside its body; a new pediatric fellow excites Arizona and arouses Alex's insecurity; Jackson allows his suspicions about Mark and Lexie interfere with his work; and Henry and Teddy fight when he tells her he wants to go to medical school. Guest stars include Alfre Woodard.

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Episode 9

Dark Was the Night

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 60 mins

Henry is sent to the OR for emergency surgery while Teddy's away; Meredith and Derek receive news about Zola; Callie and Jackson are blamed for their patient's post-op complications; and Meredith and Alex treat an ailing infant at a neighboring hospital and get involved in a life-threatening situation.

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Episode 10


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 60 mins

As the human wreckage from a serious auto accident preoccupies the doctors, Teddy (who's unaware that Henry has died) calls on Cristina to help with a patient; and Lexie works alongside Mark's new girlfriend, Julia, during an eye surgery.

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Episode 11

This Magic Moment

Thu, Jan 12, 2012 60 mins

The doctors split into teams for a risky surgery involving conjoined twins. Meanwhile, Teddy questions Cristina about Henry's surgery; Bailey enlists Meredith to be a buffer between her and Ben, who's pressuring her to ratchet up their relationship; and Richard teaches Alex a tough lesson in the OR.

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Episode 12

Hope for the Hopeless

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 60 mins

Richard performs his 10,000th surgery—a liver transplant involving bickering sisters (Peri Gilpin and Nia Vardalos). Meanwhile, Adele Webber is found aimlessly wandering the streets; Derek and Lexie take on a supposedly inoperable neuroblastoma case; Teddy and Cristina try to steal a case from Alex and Dr. McQueen, countermanding Owen's orders; and Meredith searches for a specialty—with Ellis Grey's ghost hovering over her.

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Episode 13


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 60 mins

Meredith dreams about what-ifs in flashbacks. Among them: Her mother didn't get Alzheimer's; she hadn't met Derek in a bar, and he stayed with Addison; Bailey had remained as meek as she was as an intern; and Callie and Owen had become a couple long before she met Arizona.

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Episode 14

All You Need Is Love

Thu, Feb 9, 2012 60 mins

It's Valentine's Day, and Lexie and Mark draw babysitting duty (for Meredith and Derek, and Callie and Arizona, respectively). Meanwhile, Ben shows Bailey that he knows her better than she thinks; and the ER also fills with romantics, including a 10-year-old girl who has an allergic reaction to chocolates from her valentine; and a man who's hit by a car while chasing down his frustrated girlfriend.

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Episode 15

Have You Seen Me Lately?

Thu, Feb 16, 2012 60 mins

Derek's sister Amelia arrives from L.A. to ask Derek for help with Erica's gliosarcoma; Cristina and Owen argue heatedly during marriage counseling; Alex realizes that he must improve his people skills to be a good doctor; and Meredith gets a chance to shine when a man arrives in the ER with his hand stuck in a meat grinder. Meanwhile, the residents continue to study for their upcoming oral boards.

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Episode 16

If Only You Were Lonely

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 60 mins

A coffee-shop explosion keeps the ER busy. Meanwhile, Adele's Alzheimer's worsens, prompting Richard to consider changing their living situation; Callie helps Meredith study for her boards; Lexie joins Arizona and Alex in pediatrics, where they continue to care for intern Morgan's premature son; Mark encourages Jackson to find ways to relieve his stress after the younger doctor snaps at a patient; and Cristina lets her suspicions get the better of her.

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Episode 17

One Step Too Far

Thu, Mar 15, 2012 60 mins

Derek encourages Meredith to work with him again in neurology; Jackson's mother returns with a urology fellow and takes an interest in Richard; Cristina becomes increasingly suspicious of Owen; and Alex tries to deny intern Morgan's interest in him.

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Episode 18

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 60 mins

A lion breaks loose, leaving a couple at risk (in more ways than one); Lexie overhears Mark talking about moving in with Julia; Teddy begins to come to terms with Henry's death; Callie grills Arizona on past lovers; Alex wants off Morgan's preemie case because she's becoming too dependent on him; and Meredith tries to support Cristina, whose tensions with Owen are beginning to boil over.

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Episode 19

Support System

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 60 mins

Cristina presses Owen for details of his affair; chief-for-a-day Mark clashes with Richard over a surgery; Callie deems Meredith ready for the boards, while the other residents fret about them; Callie, Arizona and Bailey plan a ladies' night for Teddy.

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Episode 20

The Girl With No Name

Thu, Apr 19, 2012 60 mins

A Jane Doe in the hospital turns out to be a patient whose case has gained national interest. Meanwhile, Richard comes to an unsettling realization when he visits Adele at her nursing home; and the residents begin interviewing for postresidency positions at prospective hospitals, and Cristina proves to be the one who's most in demand.

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Episode 21

Moment of Truth

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 60 mins

In San Francisco, where the residents have gone for their oral boards, sparks fly when Richard bumps into Catherine Avery. Meanwhile, Owen and Teddy argue over a young auto-crash patient and Bailey must intervene; Mark tries to recruit Lexie for a case; and Alex feels guilty for being away from the hospital when a patient begins to fail.

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Episode 22

Let the Bad Times Roll

Thu, May 3, 2012 60 mins

Tension builds as the residents await their exam results. Meanwhile, Arizona's childhood pal needs medical assistance; surgery is performed on a man who's missing a portion of his skull; and Julia proposes that she and Mark start a family.

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Episode 23


Thu, May 10, 2012 60 mins

The residents make their postresidency decisions; Mark tells Derek that he's torn between Lexie and Julia; Ben has special plans for Bailey, but she's preoccupied with work; and Arizona encourages Nick, her childhood friend, to have surgery. Meanwhile, a couple on their third honeymoon arrive at the hospital complaining of mysterious symptoms.

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Episode 24


Thu, May 17, 2012 60 mins

Season 8 finale: Facing threats on their lives, doctors must fight to save themselves and each other. Meanwhile, Bailey and Ben make a decision about their relationship; Teddy gets a tempting offer; and Richard plans a special dinner for the residents.

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